In Northern Thailand, it is nearly always hot, except for a couple of months in December and January, when the mornings and evenings are crisp, and we all wear jeans every day because it’s such a novelty! Most days, however, it’s just a question of how hot the day is going to be. Hot enough that the mere thought of not being close to a fan or air conditioner, leads to a panic attack? Humid enough that the minute you walk out the door, you end up with a frizzy birds’ nest on your head? Or perhaps just hot enough that whatever clothes you’re wearing feels too much. You get my point, dealing with the heat here becomes an art form and icy cold drinks served in reusable cups are definitely part of the solution!
Most of us foreigners working at SuperBee grew up in cooler climes, in countries such as Germany, Chile, Wales, England, Japan and even Australia, so the really hot months in Northern Thailand (April & May) take some getting used to. But if the truth be known, us long-termers love the tropical heat and left colder countries behind for a reason.
One thing’s for sure, our Thai hosts know a lot about making delicious, refreshing drinks. After all, a cool thirst quencher is never far from anybody’s mind when you live here. The only unfortunate thing, is that most of these refreshing drinks come in plastic cups, with plastic lids, a plastic straw and just for good measure, a plastic cup holder too! A crazy amount of single-use-plastic for one small purchase. You’ll even find drinks in plastic bags, rather than cups. This habit isn’t unique to Thailand but seems strange to those of us with a European or North American background. While it begs the question, ‘how do I put my drink down?’ it does, at least, use less plastic overall than a solid cup! Thai culture is slowly shifting towards the use of reusable cups and drink holders, but largely people are blissfully unaware of how damaging their convenient purchases are to our planet. SuperBee is of course on a mission to change that!
Here we’d like to share with you, six of the very best thirst-quenching drinks, that we think, really beat the heat. Perfect for summer BBQ’s or for taking to work in your reusable cup:
2 shots of coffee
Cold frothed milk
Pour two shots of coffee into the bottom of your mug. Add half a cup of ice and pour the frothed milk over the top of the ice and coffee. Add brown sugar or honey to taste.
Top tip: If you don’t have a milk frother at home, put your milk in a large jar, seal tightly and shake to froth the milk.
Mango, Passionfruit & Coconut Smoothie
1 ½ mangoes
1 x passion fruit
1 x shot of coconut milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Garnish with fresh mint and strips of ginger.
Watermelon, Ginger, Lime & Mint
3 large slices of watermelon
A thumb of ginger – peeled
10 mint leaves
½ shot glass of honey
1 cup of ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with mint and watermelon.
Lime, Mint & Honey with Butterfly Pea
Juice of 3 small limes
1 shot glass of honey combined with a shot glass of hot water
10 mint leaves – finely sliced
Butterfly pea juice (optional)
1 cup of ice
Combine the honey and hot water before mixing all the ingredients together. Pour over ice and garnish with mint and lime. If available, add the purple juice of the butterfly pea flower for a dramatic effect.
Pineapple, Ginger, Lime & Mint
1 ½ slices of pineapple
Thumb of ginger – peeled
10 x mint leaves
½ shot glass of honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with pineapple, mint and slices of lime.
Fresh Coconut Juice
1 x fresh coconut cut open
Open using a cleaver or heavy sharp knife. Garnish with a flower from the garden. Drink using a bamboo straw. Use a spoon to scrape out delicious coconut flesh from inside.
Healthier than almost any drink you can think of. No plastic or reusable cup required. Store in the fridge first. Nature’s gift of a thirst quencher!
A special thank you to the lovely Tikky from Tikky’s Restaurant in Chiang Mai, for creating all of the beautiful drinks featured in this blog.